Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Feedsack Collection with Rhonda!
This is the quilt that started it all for me. I saw this picture and I had to make one. While researching what kind of prints this quilt was made of I discovered feedsacks. Thank you Madam Samm for allowing me to be a guest blogger on one of my favorite blogs and to share pictures of my favorite textiles. I'm Rhonda from over at TheOldeStoneHouse where I would love to live and lead a quiet simple life.
What do you think of when I say Feedsacks?? Some of you may have grown up with them and know exactly what I'm referring to. Others this may be a new adventure for you.
Do you think of these?? The off white bags with print on the front .....Like these
(Photos courtesy of Coopersville Farm Museum.)
In the 1030's through the 1950's you could buy dry goods in a bag that then could be reused for anything you would use yardage for. It was 100% cotton and wore very well. These bags came in several sizes. The largest one being a yard when opened. They came in all different prints and colors. It was not unusual to find several colorways in the same print. They cam in stripes,checks,floral,geometric,plaids and novelty prints. The novelty prints are highly collectible today.
Of course you want to see some of the quilts in my collection. I picked a few very special ones for your enjoyment.
Each color...each leaf of this one is made up of 1 single piece of feedsack appliqued down in a leaf pattern. I believe from the dimensions that the sack was divided into quarters then cut into a leaf. It is an absolutely gorgeous piece of craftsmanship.
Grandmothers flower garden always intrigue and overwhelm me. As much as I would like to think I would do one of these...I have to be honest with myself and know my limits.
Same with the double wedding ring. Love it but probably won't. Both are great examples of what can be done with fairly small pieces of sacks though.
Check out the hands on this feedsack Sun Bonnet Sue. They are full of individual french knot clusters.
Along the journey of finding information on feedsacks I was fortunate enough to find a whole group of women who predominetly work in only feedsacks. What a thrill it was to be able to trade pieces of sacks with these ladies. You see there is over 2,000 leaves on this quilt with each leaf measuring only roughly 2"x 1 1/2". So I carried a plastic template to every event and lecture I could when I knew there might be feedsacks there. Thus an obsession was born. I'd like to call it simply a collection but if you ask my hubby it has gone much, much farther. Once I learned their rich history I began singing their praises to all who would listen.
Thanks for listening.
Hope to see you again Rhonda x